Marking 20 years
of bold journalism,
reader supported.
Tyee News

Andrea Smith a Finalist for National CAJ Award for Work in The Tyee

She wrote stories, from city politics to Cree teachings, via JHR practicum for young Indigenous journalists.

Tyee Staff 3 Apr

The Canadian Association of Journalists has named Andrea Smith as a finalist for the JHR/APTN Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award.

Smith was recognized for her work with The Tyee during a three-month paid fellowship for Emerging Indigenous Journalists supported by Journalists for Human Rights.

“Andrea brought commitment, great story ideas and a valuable perspective to The Tyee,” said Tyee editor in chief Robyn Smith. “We were able to work closely with her on developing projects and providing mentorship.”

Andrea Smith’s work was wide-ranging, from a look at the challenges Indigenous people face in politics to a feature on a University of Calgary program that includes participation in a buffalo harvest. Her deeply researched series on Wahkohtowin shed light on a Cree way of living and its application in communities today.

“This means a lot to me,” she said. “I am very grateful to the Tyee for giving me the opportunity to share stories which I found meaningful and impactful. But I think it means even more to my family members who, because of their life circumstances never really got the chance to do something like this.”

“I feel like I came out of my mother, kicking and screaming and fighting for justice... Angry about the justice she and my relatives never saw,” Smith said. “And through writing I have always hoped to achieve that. I hope that I can continue forward on this path.”

Rachel Pulfer of Journalists for Human Rights said, “We are delighted Andrea has been nominated for her excellent work and that the CAJ is celebrating young Indigenous talent of her calibre.”

Pulfer noted the finalists include several other alumni of the fellowship program. They include Emilee Gilpin, who worked at The Tyee on a JHR fellowship in 2017.

Robyn Smith said The Tyee was proud to be part of the fellowship program, which benefits from the perspectives and insights of young Indigenous journalists while helping to develop their skills.

“It’s not enough to talk about the need for more Indigenous voices in the news media,” she said. “The program gives us a chance to bring real change.”

Tyee reporter Katie Hyslop is also a CAJ Awards finalist, nominated for the APTN/CAJ Reconciliation Award category.

Winners will be announced at the CAJ conference on May 4.  [Tyee]

  • Share:

Get The Tyee's Daily Catch, our free daily newsletter.

Tyee Commenting Guidelines

Comments that violate guidelines risk being deleted, and violations may result in a temporary or permanent user ban. Maintain the spirit of good conversation to stay in the discussion.
*Please note The Tyee is not a forum for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, denying its existence or minimizing its risk to public health.


  • Be thoughtful about how your words may affect the communities you are addressing. Language matters
  • Challenge arguments, not commenters
  • Flag trolls and guideline violations
  • Treat all with respect and curiosity, learn from differences of opinion
  • Verify facts, debunk rumours, point out logical fallacies
  • Add context and background
  • Note typos and reporting blind spots
  • Stay on topic

Do not:

  • Use sexist, classist, racist, homophobic or transphobic language
  • Ridicule, misgender, bully, threaten, name call, troll or wish harm on others
  • Personally attack authors or contributors
  • Spread misinformation or perpetuate conspiracies
  • Libel, defame or publish falsehoods
  • Attempt to guess other commenters’ real-life identities
  • Post links without providing context

Most Popular

Most Commented

Most Emailed


The Barometer

Should Fossil Fuel Ads Be Restricted?

Take this week's poll